Snowball Earth

The Story of the Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It

Author: Gabrielle Walker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408807149

Category: Science

Page: 288

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Did the Earth once undergo a super ice age, one that froze the entire planet? A global adventure story and a fascinating account of scientist Paul Hoffman's quest to prove his maverick 'Snowball Earth' theory, this is science writing at its most gripping. In SNOWBALL EARTH, Gabrielle Walker takes us on a thrilling natural history expedition in search of supporting evidence for the audacious theory which argues that the Earth experienced a climatic cataclysm 600 million years ago that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator. Because the global snowball happened so long ago the ice has now long gone - but it left its traces in rocks around the world and in order to see the evidence, Walker visited such places as Australia, Namibia, South Africa and Death Valley, USA. Part adventure story and part travel book, it's a tale of the ultimate human endeavour to understand our origins.

Snowball Earth

Author: Andrea Lisowski

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692650172


Page: 240

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Up-and-coming rock star, Joan Devintia, has come to realize that some shadows aren't benign, some stares aren't innocent, and she is no longer safe. Tired of fearing her stalker, she goes to her manager for a solution. He hires Carmen Savedra - celebrity bodyguard and inactive duty Marine - to protect the singer from harm. In the midst of recording her pioneer album, Joan finds temptation in the form of illicit drugs and danger taking the shape of a man in a red tie. Safety comes with the sound of jingling dog tags that Carmen never takes off. Carmen's shadow is bigger and more imposing than Joan's stalker. Her stare is more meaningful. Unless Joan can face her fears off the stage - her career, her growing relationship with Carmen - her very life could end....

Frozen Earth

The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages

Author: Doug Macdougall

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954947

Category: Science

Page: 278

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In this engrossing and accessible book, Doug Macdougall explores the causes and effects of ice ages that have gripped our planet throughout its history, from the earliest known glaciation—nearly three billion years ago—to the present. Following the development of scientific ideas about these dramatic events, Macdougall traces the lives of many of the brilliant and intriguing characters who have contributed to the evolving understanding of how ice ages come about. As it explains how the great Pleistocene Ice Age has shaped the earth's landscape and influenced the course of human evolution, Frozen Earth also provides a fascinating look at how science is done, how the excitement of discovery drives scientists to explore and investigate, and how timing and chance play a part in the acceptance of new scientific ideas. Macdougall describes the awesome power of cataclysmic floods that marked the melting of the glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age. He probes the chilling evidence for "Snowball Earth," an episode far back in the earth's past that may have seen our planet encased in ice from pole to pole. He discusses the accumulating evidence from deep-sea sediment cores, as well as ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic, that suggests fast-changing ice age climates may have directly impacted the evolution of our species and the course of human migration and civilization. Frozen Earth also chronicles how the concept of the ice age has gripped the imagination of scientists for almost two centuries. It offers an absorbing consideration of how current studies of Pleistocene climate may help us understand earth's future climate changes, including the question of when the next glacial interval will occur.

Mission Earth - Book 1 - A Snowball Earth

Author: Ts White


ISBN: 9781326201081


Page: 98

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20 font size. Snowball Earth is the first of three books about the end of our present ice age. The Earth cools down very fast, and life becomes more of a struggle. Plans are made for human survival, in stasis vats on earth and in colonies in space... What will happen to the Waters family? Mum is expecting a baby, and babies can't go into stasis until they are 2 years old. Sheila and Jack the two children aren't sure about what is to happen, and if the plans are good enough for them to return to the Earth many years in the future.

Rare Earth

Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe

Author: Peter D. Ward,Donald Brownlee

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0387218483

Category: Science

Page: 338

View: 8909

What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? Questions such as these are investigated in this groundbreaking book. In doing so, the authors synthesize information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and apply it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe. Everyone who has been thrilled by the recent discoveries of extrasolar planets and the indications of life on Mars and the Jovian moon Europa will be fascinated by Rare Earth, and its implications for those who look to the heavens for companionship.

A New History of Life

The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth

Author: Peter Ward,Joe Kirschvink

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608199088

Category: Science

Page: 400

View: 4181

Charles Darwin's theories, first published more than 150 years ago, form the backbone of how we understand the history of the Earth. In reality, the currently accepted history of life on Earth is so flawed, so out of date, that it's past time we need a 'New History of Life.' In their latest book, Joe Kirschvink and Peter Ward will show that many of our most cherished beliefs about the evolution of life are wrong. Gathering and analyzing years of discoveries and research not yet widely known to the public, A New History of Life proposes a different origin of species than the one Darwin proposed, one which includes eight-foot-long centipedes, a frozen "snowball Earth†?, and the seeds for life originating on Mars. Drawing on their years of experience in paleontology, biology, chemistry, and astrobiology, experts Ward and Kirschvink paint a picture of the origins life on Earth that are at once too fabulous to imagine and too familiar to dismiss--and looking forward, A New History of Life brilliantly assembles insights from some of the latest scientific research to understand how life on Earth can and might evolve far into the future.

The Snowball

Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Author: Alice Schroeder

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408807327

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 832

View: 5893

Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Prize 2008 The Snowball is the first and will be the only biography of the world's richest man, Warren Buffett, written with his full cooperation and collaboration. Combining a unique blend of "The Sage of Omaha's" business savvy, life story and philosophy, The Snowball is essential reading for anyone wishing to discover and replicate the secrets of his business and life success. Warren Buffett is arguably the world's greatest investor. Even as a child he was fascinated by the concept of risk and probability, setting up his first business at the age of six. In 1964 he bought struggling Massachusetts textile firm Berkshire Hathaway and grew it to be the 12th largest corporation in the US purely through the exercise of sound investing principles - a feat never equalled in the annals of business. Despite an estimated net worth of around US$62 billion, Buffett leads an intriguingly frugal life taking home a salary of only £50,000 a year. His only indulgence is a private jet, an extravagance he wryly acknowledges by calling it "The Indefensible". In 2006, he made the largest charitable donation on record, with most of it going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Snowball provides a comprehensive, richly detailed insight one of the world's most extraordinary and much loved public figures.

The Snowball System

How to Win More Business and Turn Clients into Raving Fans

Author: Mo Bunnell

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610399595

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 7690

Mo Bunnell's comprehensive system will help you win more clients, build stronger relationships, and bring in more business. If you're good at doing something, and you need to connect with paying clients in order to keep doing it, this book is for you. There are more of us out there than you might think--from professionals like lawyers and consultants to big company account managers and freelancers of all stripes. And this book will teach you how to sell yourself without selling your soul. In The Snowball System, Mo Bunnell offers powerful and proven tools for business development. Whether you are gregarious or introverted, whether you are a part of a small startup or a massive multinational, Bunnell's science-based system is effective and efficient, and easily adapted into your day-to-day work. With The Snowball System, you will not only succeed at growing your business, you'll learn to enjoy doing the activities that drive that growth. You'll be happier, and so will your clients.

Scientists Debate Gaia

The Next Century

Author: Stephen Henry Schneider

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262194983

Category: Nature

Page: 377

View: 9321

Leading scientists bring the controversy over Gaia up to date by exploring a broad range of recent thinking on Gaia theory.

History of Climate

Little Ice Age, Snowball Earth, Younger Dryas, Permian-Triassic Extinction Event, Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction Event, Maunder Mi

Author: Source Wikipedia


ISBN: 9781230624853


Page: 166

View: 2202

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 164. Chapters: Little Ice Age, Snowball Earth, Younger Dryas, Permian-Triassic extinction event, Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, Maunder Minimum, Climate change, Paleoclimatology, Year Without a Summer, Medieval Warm Period, Global warming, Retreat of glaciers since 1850, Hockey stick controversy, Climate of Mars, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Instrumental temperature record, Milankovitch cycles, Last glacial period, Quaternary glaciation, K-T boundary, History of climate change science, Heinrich event, Temperature record of the past 1000 years, Extreme weather events of 535-536, Eemian, Holocene climatic optimum, Faint young Sun paradox, 8.2 kiloyear event, Ordovician-Silurian extinction event, 4.2 kiloyear event, Timeline of glaciation, Soon and Baliunas controversy, Sahara pump theory, Geologic temperature record, Last Glacial Maximum, Great Oxygenation Event, Keeling Curve, Historical climatology, Pliocene climate, Pre-Illinoian, Sangamonian, Neolithic Subpluvial, Marine Isotopic Stage 11, Kansan glaciation, Bond event, CLIWOC, Wolstonian Stage, 5.9 kiloyear event, Cromerian Stage, Piora Oscillation, Beestonian stage, Climate: Long range Investigation, Mapping, and Prediction, Sporer Minimum, Bull Lake glaciation, Bolling-Allerod, Bolling oscillation, Champlain Sea, Neoglaciation, Allerod oscillation, Medea Hypothesis, Tell Leilan, Antarctic Cold Reversal, Marine isotope stage, Eocene Thermal Maximum 2, Bramertonian Stage, Pastonian Stage, Older Peron, Thermal optimum, Mousterian Pluvial, Cretaceous Thermal Maximum, Pre-Pastonian Stage, Carbonate-silicate cycle, Holocene glacial retreat, Cyclostratigraphy, Stadial, Dalton Minimum, Abbassia Pluvial, Iron Age Cold Epoch, Cambrian-Ordovician extinction events, Middle Bronze Age Cold Epoch, Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project, ..

Glacial Sedimentary Processes and Products (Special Publication 39 of the IAS)

Author: Michael J. Hambrey,Poul Christoffersen,Neil F. Glasser,Bryn Hubbard

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444304445

Category: Science

Page: 436

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Associating ice masses with the transport and deposition of sediments has long formed a central theme in glaciology and glacial geomorphology. The reason for this focus is clear, in that ice masses are responsible for much of the physical landscape which characterizes the Earth's glaciated regions. This association also holds at a variety of scales, for example, from the grain-size characteristics of small-scale moraines to the structural architecture of large-scale, glacigenic sedimentary sequences in both surface and subaqueous environments. This volume brings numerous state-of-the-art research contributions together, each relating to a different physical setting, spatial scale, process or investigative technique. The result is a diverse and interesting collection of papers by glaciologists, numerical modellers and glacial geologists, which are all linked by the theme of investigating the relationships between the behaviour of ice masses and their resulting sedimentary sequences.

Earth's Climate Evolution

Author: C. P. Summerhayes

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118897374

Category: Science

Page: 416

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To understand climate change today, we first need to know how Earth’s climate changed over the past 450 million years. Finding answers depends upon contributions from a wide range of sciences, not just the rock record uncovered by geologists. In Earth’s Climate Evolution, Colin Summerhayes analyzes reports and records of past climate change dating back to the late 18th century to uncover key patterns in the climate system. The book will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about future climate change. The book takes a unique approach to the subject providing a description of the greenhouse and icehouse worlds of the past 450 million years since land plants emerged, ignoring major earlier glaciations like that of Snowball Earth, which occurred around 600 million years ago in a world free of land plants. It describes the evolution of thinking in palaeoclimatology and introduces the main players in the field and how their ideas were received and, in many cases, subsequently modified. It records the arguments and discussions about the merits of different ideas along the way. It also includes several notes made from the author’s own personal involvement in palaeoclimatological and palaeoceanographic studies, and from his experience of working alongside several of the major players in these fields in recent years. This book will be an invaluable reference for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in related fields and will also be of interest to historians of science and/or geology, climatology and oceanography. It should also be of interest to the wider scientific and engineering community, high school science students, policy makers, and environmental NGOs. Reviews: "Outstanding in its presentation of the facts and a good read in the way that it intersperses the climate story with the author's own experiences. [This book] puts the climate story into a compelling geological history." -Dr. James Baker "The book is written in very clear and concise prose, [and takes] original, enlightening, and engaging approach to talking about 'ideas' from the perspective of the scientists who promoted them." -Professor Christopher R. Scotese "A thrilling ride through continental drift and its consequences." - Professor Gerald R. North "Written in a style and language which can be easily understood by laymen as well as scientists." - Professor Dr Jörn Thiede "What makes this book particularly distinctive is how well it builds in the narrative of change in ideas over time." - Holocene book reviews, May 2016 "This is a fascinating book and the author’s biographical approach gives it great human appeal." - E Adlard

Changing Ecosystems

Author: Michael Bright

Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library

ISBN: 9781432916527

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 56

View: 4922

Describes how the different life environments on Earth thrive and change, including both gradual climate and geologic changes as well as local, short-term changes to the ecology such as a fire, volcanic eruption, or invasive species.

The Last Kids on Earth

Author: Max Brallier

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0670016616

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 4122

"After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg"--